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Help building a gaming computer

By thisoneguy ยท 15 replies
Jun 8, 2005
  1. Im planning to build a gaming computer for 700 dollars only at tigerdirect nothing else. Can u tell me what parts to buy?
  2. kraugie

    kraugie TS Rookie Posts: 19

    If you dont know what parts to buy yourself, you should probably have someone else build it for you.
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    What will you use it for(what type of games, doom3 and farcry, or solitaire and chess)? What cpu do you want? Amd? Intel?
    Does $700 include xp? Does it include a monitor/keyboard/mouse/etc?
  4. thisoneguy

    thisoneguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I want to be able to play doom 3, far cry, world of warcraft, and i want a amd cpu.
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    Ok, here's a "suggestion", it may/may not be what you want.

    Cpu: Amd a64 939 3000+ $147.99

    Motherboard: MSI neo4 nforce4 $89.99

    Ram: Corsair Vs 1gb: $89.99

    Video: Evga 6600gt $179.99($30 rebate too)

    Case: Powmax black case: $29.99

    Hard drive: WD 120gb pata hd: $82.99

    Dvd burner: Liteon dvd rw drive: $49.99

    Power supply: Vantec Ion2 460w: $64.99

    Total: $735.92-
    -rebate $30

    If you need windows xp, add $89.99

    Total w/ xp after rebate: $795.91

    If you need a monitor: Maybe a reconditioned crt would suit: $69.72($20 reb).

    Or a new crt: Nec accusync: $129.99

    Price after rebates w/ xp and recon. crt: $865.63
    Price after rebates w/ xp and new crt: $925.90

    So, yeah if you count xp, and a monitor, it'll be a good bit overbudget.
  6. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 215

  7. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 232

    No Monitor?

    How will he see the games he wants to play?
  8. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    Don't forget to add hard drive, and floppy (if needed).

    It may be difficult to build a good gaming box on that budget. Cause you want to get the best video you can afford.
    Perhaps you could find a case that includes a PS, that may save a penny or two, then add a hard drive. Western Digital likely.

    I believe Tiger Direct has barebones systems as well. Maybe look at their barebones A64bit stuff (that would likely be case/PS/mobo/floppy, and sometimes CPU and/or RAM. May be cheaper.

    good luck
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

  10. thisoneguy

    thisoneguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright lets take some of those parts out cuz I already have a 80gb hard drive, monitor, logitech keyboard, mouse and a lite on dvd burner.

    How bout this:

    Mobo: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1173596&Tab=2&NoMapp=0 $99

    Ram: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1170139 $94.99

    Video: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1121824&CatId=0 $189.00 -$30 Final Price: $159.99

    Cpu: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1170066&CatId=1177 $147.99

    Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=935378&CatId=0 $49.99

    PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1218238&CatId=1079 $39.99

    Total: $514.94

    What do you think? and remember I can only buy the parts at Tigerdirect.
  11. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 215

  12. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

  13. thisoneguy

    thisoneguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

  14. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,182

    You can't take for granted that the extra pipelines will work without artefacts once enabled & if it does work, you cannot take for granted that it will run at GT speeds, especially the Ram since it is not GDDR3.
  15. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    Looking good. Spend more on the motherboard and video, since those are less likely to be upgraded as soon as the rest. You might put an extra few $$ in the PS because it IS important.

    have fun
  16. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,360

    No, I don't trust brands like that, I mean what company names themself "premium", sounds like a name to fool someone gullible, "oh, premium brand, sounds good." :)
    600w on a cheap psu, would not be the same as on a quality psu. A quality 600w psu would be like $150+

    The vantec I listed underrates it self
    If you add up the wattages, it comes to just over 600w max, about the same as the cheap psu, but much better build quality of the psu.

    I also don't like the one review of the cheap psu.
    "Worked great for 5 months, then crapped-out."

    The vantec has good reviews on the net, here's one.

    Hope this helps. I know the cheap one has "600w" and has "cool fans" and a side window, but if the components inside are cheap, it has a high probability of failure. I don't want you to have to replace it down the road, because that's a waste of money.(2 $50 psus are more expensive than one $65 one).

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